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Myanmar 2 week itinerary

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Six of us have just bought tickets for Myanmar for the last 2 weeks in November. I feel relatively solid about the itinerary we've worked out (well, that I've worked out ... I'm the planner in the group), but I'd like to ground-truth it! We're all in our early 50's, but all in good shape.

In particular, I'm interested to know if we've made a good choice in hotels - though they are booking so quickly we might not have a choice to switch! I've reserved rooms already in all of them. My two main criteria for hotels is 1) good location, preferably more in the local part of town than the tourist part, and 2) nice staff. Major bonus points for places with great breakfasts.

2.5 days Bangkok to recover from jet lag

Fly Bangkok > Mandalay

2.5 days Mandalay at The Home Hotel. http://www.thehomehotelmandalay.com/

As the time gets closer I'll come up with a detailed game plan. Mandalay Hill, Amarapura, Min Kun, and Inn Wa are the main places I'd like to visit.

Ferry to Bagan

I know it's slow, but it's still high on our list.

2.5 days Bagan at the Sky View Hotel. http://www.agoda.com/sky-view-hotel/hotel/bagan-mm.html

The hotel is 1.5 km outside of Nyaung-U. Reviewers say it is too far from town to walk, which confuses me. 1.5 km sounds like a pleasant evening stroll. Otherwise, the reviews for this place sound great.

Car Hire: Bagan > Mt. Popa > Kalaw

Our hotel in Kalaw has already offered to arrange a car for $100, plus $10 for a Mt. Popa detour. Should we take him up on this offer? I assume we'd need 2 cars for 6 guys.

1.5 days Kalaw at the Thitaw Lay House. http://www.thitawlayhouse.com/

This place looks great. Like in Bagan, the fifteen-minute walk into town should not be an issue for us. In Kalaw we'll either do a day hike or visit the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp.

slow train Kalaw > Inle

2.5 days Inle at the Thanakha Inle Hotel.

This is three times the rate of the other hotels, but it was the only non-backpacker place that had three rooms open on our dates. It does look nice. http://www.thanakha-inle-hotel.com/

Fly Heho > Yangon

2.5 days Yangon at the Merchant Art Boutique Hotel. https://merchantyangon.com/merchant-art/

I like the modern feel of this hotel. It's a five minute walk to the north entry of Shwedagon Pagoda, and I read that there aren't a lot of restaurants in the area. I also read that it's surrounded by a night market. I've loved SE Asian street food in other places

How's this sound so far? I'm open to any feedback. I realize that we could save time by flying more, but all of the group is united in wanting to travel overland as much as possible. One wants to take buses, but the other five have over-ruled him.

My only concern is that the pace might be moving too fast, even though we have three nights in most places.

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